Natural Heritage of Japan

Geological, Geomorphological, and Ecological Aspects

  • Abhik Chakraborty
  • Kuniyasu Mokudai
  • Malcolm Cooper
  • Mahito Watanabe
  • Shamik Chakraborty

Part of the Geoheritage, Geoparks and Geotourism book series (GGAG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Abhik Chakraborty
    Pages 1-7
  3. World Heritage Sites (Natural)

  4. UNESCO Global Geoparks

  5. National Park Sites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Malcolm Cooper
      Pages 153-159
    3. Abhik Chakraborty, Thomas E. Jones
      Pages 167-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-183

About this book


This volume brings together the geological, geomorphological and ecological aspects of Japan’s natural heritage, arguing for dynamic conservation of such heritage and explaining their key characteristics in an accessible format for general readers. Sites from World Heritage Properties (Natural), UNESCO Global Geoparks, and National Parks of Japan representing key facets of this heritage are analyzed in depth, and the text is supplemented with color photographs and useful information for potential travelers. The volume is divided into thematic sections that help understand the diversity of Japan’s natural heritage, with supplementary information on conservation, tourism trends, local culture and lifestyles. In addition, chapters analyzing nature's mechanisms that engender diverse heritage landscapes and conservation/sustainable management schemes make this volume a valuable resource for both general readers and those with more specialized interests.


Geoparks of Japan Nature Conservation Ramsar Sites World heritage Geomorphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Abhik Chakraborty
    • 1
  • Kuniyasu Mokudai
    • 2
  • Malcolm Cooper
    • 3
  • Mahito Watanabe
    • 4
  • Shamik Chakraborty
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for Tourism Research (CTR)Wakayama UniversityWakayamaJapan
  2. 2.Japan Geo Service Inc.TokyoJapan
  3. 3.College of Asia Pacific StudiesRitsumeikan Asia Pacific UniversityBeppuJapan
  4. 4.Geological Survey of JapanNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan
  5. 5.Institute for the Advanced Study of SustainabilityUnited Nations UniversityTokyoJapan

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